Home Cooking: Tonkatsu Japanese Curry Rice カツカレー

Katsu Curry is a combination of Japanese Curry and a deep-fried pork or chicken cutlet. As Japanese love curry and deep-fried food, it’s no doubt that Katsu curry is a popular and well-loved dish in Japan, and around Asia too.

Katsu curry is like a comfort dish for me when I’m craving for something fried and flavourful. Since the start of the circuit breaker in Singapore, I’ve not satisfied my craving for a nice bowl of Tonkatsu Japanese Curry Rice. Since mum is the one taking charge of the kitchen most of the time, the only time I can take over is during the weekend. After my first successful attempt to make Cong Yu Bing 葱油饼 during the circuit breaker period, I shall try to cook Japanese curry to satisfy my craving too!

Here are the ingredients to get you started!

  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Potato
  • Japanese Curry Cube (spicy level based on individual preference)
  • Tonkatsu (I bought mine from Don Don Donki)

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Cooking Japanese Curry

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Step 01:

Prepare your ingredients by chopping the carrots and potatoes into cubes, and the onions into wedges.

 

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Step 02:

Heat the pan with oil and stir-fry the onions.

 

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Step 03:

Add in the carrots and potatoes, and continue to stir-fry.

 

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Step 04:

Fill the pot or pan with water. Add in the curry cube, and keep stirring until the curry cube is fully melted. Let it simmer and boil while you prepare your katsu.

 

Cooking Tonkatsu

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Step 01:

Heat oil in a mini pot over medium-high heat. Stick a chopstick in the oil and see if any tiny bubbles start to appear. If there is, you can gently lower your tonkatsu into the oil. Ensure that the heat is not too high or else it’ll look burnt.

 

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Step 02:

Deep fry for about a minute on one side and flip to cook the other side for another minute till it’s golden brown.

 

Step 03:

Cut the tonkatsu into pieces by pressing the knife directly down. Do not move your knife back and forth as this will cause the breading to come off.

 

Lastly, place the tonkatsu on top of a plate or bowl of steamed rice, pour the Japanese curry over and you are ready to serve! Itadakimasu!

It’s actually very easy and convenient to cook since most of the ingredients are readily available. If you are unable to get the tonkatsu from Don Don Donki, you can also prepare your own katsu from scratch with panko (breadcrumbs), plain flour, eggs, black pepper and salt too.

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